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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

The major employment providers in this sector are wholesaling and commercial services. Despite an overall decrease in the City’s GDP in 2010, Dunedin’s ICT sector managed to make modest gains, with an average growth rate of 1.6 percent per year over the past decade.

Research accounts for a significant portion of the sector – attracting $180m in funding to Dunedin annually, through University, Polytechnic and Crown Research Institute (CRI) activity. About 180 ICT companies generate $80m GDP within Dunedin The industry is represented by the Dunedin ICT Business Cluster, of which about 50 companies are part of focused on selling products and services outside the city. The cluster also has a LinkedIn presence (search Dunedin IT Cluster), where there are over 200 active members. Anyone with an interest in IT is welcome to be part of the cluster.

A snapshot of Dunedin’s technology sector

What the economists says: "While employment declined in 2010 in this sector, over the longer term employment has grown at a slightly higher rate than total employment in the City. This growth has been largely due to an expansion in the commercial services industry, by five percent per annum since 2000.

The major employment providers in this sector are wholesaling and commercial services. Despite an overall decrease in the City’s GDP in 2010, Dunedin’s ICT sector managed to make modest gains, with an average growth rate of 1.6 percent per year over the past decade. A commercial service contributed three-fifths of the ICT sectors GDP, and has shown the fastest growth among the ICT subsectors since 2000. GDP in Dunedin’s ICT sector has risen faster than employment and the number of business operating in this sector, and is well within national averages."

Technology industry projects

Projects led and/or supported by the Economic Development Unit include:

  • ICT business cluster – a collaborative group of 200 members, including about 50 chief executives
  • Digital Strategy – a long-term vision for Dunedin and its digital communications future
  • Technology Precinct Feasibility Study –  looking at the potential for forming a precinct in the area between the Octagon and Jetty Street, which is already home to a concentration of IT companies
  • Sexy Summer Jobs Business Internship Programme – successful exercise where a speed-dating style process exposes city employers to graduates. In the first two years, 71 internships with 32 companies resulted in 36 full-time, part-time or contract jobs, which ultimately lead to 21 full-time jobs – worth approximately $3m to the Dunedin economy. Programme now being rolled out city wide, across 10 sectors and 43 companies
  • Application Lifecycle Management Project – to help companies streamline their software development services.

How can we help your technology business?

We can help with:

  • Business planning
  • Advocacy with other Council departments
  • Support to find and retain skilled staff.

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